Virus Traces of ASF found in Northern Ireland

by Editor fleischwirtschaft.com
Sunday, July 14, 2019
Port authorities in Northern Ireland seized 300 kg of illegal meat and dairy products brought in by passengers during June.
Photo: NPA
Port authorities in Northern Ireland seized 300 kg of illegal meat and dairy products brought in by passengers during June.

The NPA has reiterated its calls for robust action to keep African swine fever (ASF) at bay at UK ports and airports, after traces of the virus were detected in illegally imported meat in Northern Ireland.

Port authorities in Northern Ireland seized 300 kg of illegal meat and dairy products brought in by passengers during June, the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) said. A sample of these seizures was tested at the Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute (AFBI) resulting in the detection of ASF DNA fragments.

The Department said that while the discovery does not pose a significant threat to the animal health status of Northern Ireland or affect the disease free status from ASF, it reinforces the importance of the controls on personal imports of meat and dairy products enforced by DAERA officials.

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